I look forward to Advent every year. It is a special time of year for slowing down and remembering the Christ child born to save. I like to have a special devotional and activity for my children each day during Advent to teach them about a humble Prince leaving His palace above to lie in a cattle’s trough.
The word “advent” means arrival or coming of something anticipated. The weeks preceding Christmas is a time of waiting. We prepare our hearts for His arrival. I am not very good at waiting. In fact, I’m a rather impatient person. Our culture thrives on instant gratification. We don’t tolerate lines, slow computers, and saving before we buy. Like a fruit picked well before ripeness, rushing through life leaves sour and bitter taste.
The most important and beautiful things often come from waiting. Seeds planted, watered and provided sun grow full and healthy in the Spring. Nine months of pregnancy results in the birth of a precious child. A friendship nurtured over time results in deep trust. When the heart is quiet and meditates on God’s word, the waiting results in a soul filled full and satisfied.
“Not everyone can wait; neither the sated nor the satisfied nor those without respect can wait. The only ones who can wait are people who carry restlessness around with them and people who look up with reverence to the greatest in the world. Thus Advent can be celebrated only by those whose souls give them no peace, who know that they are poor and incomplete, and who sense something of the greatness that is supposed to come, before which they can only bow in humble timidity, waiting until he inclines himself toward us–the Holy One himself, God in the child in the manger. God is coming; the Lord Jesus is coming; Christmas is coming. Rejoice, O Christendome!” Dietrich Bonhoeffer
I pray that we are those who can wait. May our hearts grow still and listen for the sound of the Christ-child. May our souls be filled this season with the joy that can only come from those who know their Savior has come and is coming. “He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.” Revelation 21:6